Substantial Analytical Writing Requirement

During the second or third year of law school, students must undertake a Substantial Analytic Writing (SAW) project. This experience of sustained and intensive work on a specific project is a core element of a student’s legal education. The content and format of the writing project may vary within a wide range. For example, a student may choose to examine a specific proposal for law reform, drawing on empirical research or materials from a field other than law. Alternatively, a student may choose to draw on his/her clinical experience to analyze a specific legal problem. Whatever the format, one of the central objectives of the project should assist students in developing superior writing skills. In accordance with the standard promulgated by the American Bar Association, the project must constitute a "rigorous writing experience." Students may satisfy the SAW requirement by completing a faculty supervised writing project undertaken for a minimum of two units that is certified by the supervising faculty member as satisfying the requirement of a rigorous writing experience. The writing project must be graded and may not be completed on a pass/fail basis. In general, the SAW requirement may be satisfied by a Law 340 or Law 341 independent research paper, a seminar paper, or a paper for other advanced courses. 

Below is a list of courses offered in 2016-17 where faculty have indicated the required papers might satisfy the SAW requirement. Please consult the individual faculty to verify that your work product in a given course will satisfy the requirement.

M. Greenberg A. Zylberman

This course will provide an introduction to some central issues in the philosophy of law. The course will have two parts. First, we will consider some central questions in analytical jurisprudence,...

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S. Bank

Over the last two decades, the compensation of chief executive officers and other top executives has been one of the most controversial areas of law and corporate governance. Throughout the...

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R. Steinberg

This course examines the most important legal frameworks governing international trade relations between states. Focusing on the law of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the North American Free...

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S. Biegel

An examination of recent high profile, education-related disputes at both the K-12 and higher ed levels. Topics to be explored include campus safety and privacy, student freedom of expression,...

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F. Olsen

As dissent becomes criminalized and activity that has previously been considered legitimate dissent can land one in jail, the distinction between exercising freedom of speech and engaging in civil...

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M. Greenberg H. Litman

This is a course on the Supreme Court of the United States, with a special emphasis on the Court’s status as a political institution in American life. The current vacancy and President Obama’s...

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M. Greenberg

This course offers a fresh way to introduce students to philosophy of law. (No previous study of philosophy is required.) We’ll engage with cutting-edge work — the most exciting developments of the...

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S. Bank

This course will examine sports law in an international and comparative context. The U.S. Department of Justice’s recent indictment of more than forty officials of FIFA and its regional and national...

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E. Parson

This course examines how society manages-–or fails to manage-–environmental issues that fall beyond the authority or capability of one national government. Class sessions will be divided roughly...

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M. Roberts

UCLA School of Law has recently established the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy. This new program recognizes the important role of food law and policy in a modern food system that is...

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N. Zatz

This course surveys the emerging field of Reentry Law with a focus on the profound labor market consequences of racialized mass incarceration. Students will learn the key technical features of and...

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S. Bainbridge J. Park

This seminar and workshop allows students to explore topics introduced in the basic corporate law and securities regulation classes in greater depth. It does so through a combination of course...

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S. Hecht

This course will provide an intensive look at California’s approaches to several areas of environmental and natural resources law. California’s environmental regulatory systems raise important...

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A. Riley

This course explores the identity, ownership, appropriation and repatriation of both tangible and intangible cultural property – those items which are of great significance to the cultural heritage...

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E. Zolt

This seminar examines how tax regimes can influence a country’s economic development. Topics include: the goals of tax systems in developing and developed countries, taxation and economic growth,...

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G. Blasi S. Cummings I. Eagly J. Nanda V. Narro J. Schwartz

This seminar focuses on public interest lawyering through a close analysis of case studies and the discussion of recurring issues in public interest practice. In this course we explore social...

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G. López

This Workshop aims to deepen and sharpen students’ capacity to produce high-quality legal analysis. To do so, the Workshop will require students on a daily basis to train in order to improve the...

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D. Dolinko

The seminar will focus on what (if anything) makes it morally permissible for the state to inflict “hard treatment” on people, against their will, provided they have been found guilty of criminal...

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K. Abou El Fadl

What is a political crime? Is there a meaningful distinction between a political as opposed to a non-political or common crime? And what is the relationship of political crimes to terrorism? This...

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C. Spillenger

The purposes of this seminar are several. First, it seeks to provide a deeper, more contextualized study for some of the cases and topics that students are likely to have encountered in...

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S. Biegel E. Volokh

This year-long seminar is designed for advanced law students who wish to develop and complete a full-length, high-quality legal article (or “comment”) of publishable quality in a collaborative...

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C. Hessler

This seminar explores major legal controversies afflicting the digital economy. In particular, the seminar asks how “property” and “monopoly power” should be defined to promote prosperity when...

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R. Sander

To a growing degree, the sophisticated practice of law requires a familiarity with quantitative methods and an understanding of how judges apply these methods in hearing and deciding cases. This...

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P. Goodman

This seminar focuses on the interface between two important subjects: law and popular culture. Before class, students will see a series of films or television shows relating to law, lawyers, and...

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R. Re

New technologies are transforming the experience, regulation, and even meaning of personal privacy. Digital surveillance for law-enforcement purposes presents one salient aspect of this broader...

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M. Kezirian C. Powers

This course will examine the intersection of law, health and public policy as applied through medical-legal partnerships. An emerging national trend poised to expand under the implementation of...

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J. Dienstag

This course will examine the important trends in European political and constitutional theory in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, that is, the political theory that was current and...

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J. Cantor

In this seminar, we will explore issues in medical ethics and law that are nearly always in the headlines and fall under the broad umbrella of "reproduction." We will examine how the institutions of...

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K. Raustiala R. Steinberg

This course is intended for those interested in sophisticated international legal argumentation or those interested in scholarly debates over international law. The seminar will explore competing...

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F. Olsen

The seminar examines traditional legal theory from a feminist perspective and explores alternative feminist views of legal issues and standard jurisprudential quandaries. Students planning to publish...

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J. Kohli V. Narro

“So what is our role as lawyers? How can we make transformative work—both in our profession and our communities—real? I do not know the answers to these difficult questions. I do not even know if...

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A. Hoffman

This seminar examines contemporary issues of and scholarship on health reform. The seminar will provide a framework from which to understand and evaluate the ethical, empirical and legal...

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K. Abou El Fadl

This seminar will introduce students to international refugee law and U.S. asylum law. Some background in immigration law would be helpful, but it is not necessary. Students without any background in...

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S. Falsafi R. Moran

The Supreme Court famously called education "the very foundation of good citizenship" and designated it "the most important function of state and local government." Today, Americans continue to...

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C. Harris

This seminar will focus on race-conscious remedies designed to ameliorate race discrimination and inequality. Preliminary focus will be on the location of race-conscious remedies within the existing...

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M. Deutchman

Central to the extraordinary success of the American experiment is the ability of religious minorities to thrive. This success is largely attributable to the First Amendment’s Free Exercise and...

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F. Olsen

In recent decades, sex discrimination scholarship has moved beyond its initial focus on legal doctrine and constitutional arguments to develop a criticism of the legal system itself. This seminar...

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R. Steinberg

This seminar briefly introduces students to international criminal law, then focuses on contemporary issues facing the International Criminal Court (ICC). At each weekly class meeting, we will...

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L. LoPucki

In an increasingly globalized world, corporate law is becoming international. Companies operate across borders, and lawyers are expected to understand foreign systems. This seminar provides both an...

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K. Stark

In a growing number of U.S. cities, deteriorating economic conditions have put in jeopardy standard public services most Americans take for granted: potable water, police and fire protection, public...

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D. Nimmer

This seminar will confront the myriad issues posed by the recent case of Garcia v. Google. A bit-part actor became subject to an Egyptian cleric's fatwa after her role in Innocence of Muslims was...

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S. Falsafi

In the United States and abroad, policy makers and educators are increasingly driven by the idea that high school graduates must emerge ready to conquer college and the rapidly changing...

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K. Abou El Fadl

The course will provide an overview of the broad range of legal issues related to the growing international and domestic problem of human trafficking. Conservative estimates are that around a...

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N. Netanel

This seminar canvasses a range of issues and views regarding how to structure innovation law and policy to spur greater technological innovation. Much debated issues in this area include whether...

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D. Cohen

This course will cover a wide spectrum of legal issues relating to modern news media, including constitutional law and the laws of defamation, privacy, newsgathering and intellectual property. Given...

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A. Zylberman

This seminar in moral and legal philosophy will investigate the concept of legal authority and its relationship to human rights. The seminar will have three parts. The first will lay the groundwork...

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E. Parson

This course will examine the challenges posed to legal arrangements and institutions of government by certain societal trends – principally related to technological advance and environmental stress –...

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D. Simson

Issues of race and racial inequality have shaped American history and continue to be at the forefront of debates about justice, fairness, and equality. The legal system has developed particular ways...

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J. Salzman J. Zasloff

Water law presents a unique mix of federal and state regulatory regimes over a resource that is scarce yet ubiquitous and, of course, essential to life. In this course, we will consider different...

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E. Aguirre

In the United States, 69% of adults are overweight or obese and noncommunicable diseases (and especially heart disease) are by far the leading cause of death. These staggering figures continue to...

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J. Forgie

In the past 35 years, weather-related disasters in the United States have resulted in damages of more than $1 trillion. Hurricane Katrina alone resulted in over $80 billion in damage, claimed nearly...

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A. Winkler

This seminar will focus on the right to keep and bear arms. We will examine the philosophical and historical origins of the arms right; the controversy over the original meaning of the Second...

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L. Bocarsly

The Real Estate Law Clinic offers students practical, hands-on training and experience working on live real estate transactions involving the development and finance of affordable housing. Students...

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A. Winkler

This course will offer students the chance to simulate oral argument and decision-making in the Supreme Court of the United States. Each class will revolve around a single current case before the...

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L. Mead L. Taylor

This two-unit course examines the judicial process and supports judicial externs. Readings and discussion will address: the roles of judges, clerks, research attorneys and externs in drafting...

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J. Schwartz

This two-credit January-Term course offers an overview of key doctrines (including municipal liability, qualified immunity, and supervisory liability), remedies (including damages and injunctive...

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G. López

This Seminar will immerse students in “rebellious lawyering” – the name given both to a particular vision of problem solving practiced by growing numbers of lawyers and to the broad movement...

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C. Essert

Homelessness is quite obviously a pressing social problem. On any given night, as many as half a million people are homeless in America; in 2015 the mayor of Los Angeles declared a state of emergency...

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